There are many different interpretations of justice, but at its core, justice is about fairness, equality, and upholding the rule of law. These 130 justice quotes come from a variety of sources and cover a wide range of topics related to justice, morality, and the rule of law.

“My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”— Bryan Stevenson

“Love is not a weak, spineless emotion; it is a powerful moral force on the side of justice.” — Bernice King

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

“We can say ‘Peace on Earth.’ We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside is, then it will not be.” — Betty Shabazz

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.” — Blaise Pascal

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” — Ernesto Che Guevara

“Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.” — Leo Tolstoy

“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The restorative justice movement is grounded in values that promote both accountability and healing for all affected by crime.” — Mark Umbreit

“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth…these are one and the same fight.” — Ban Ki-moon

“We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.” — Jimmy Carter

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” — Elie Wiesel

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” — Angela Davis

“When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change.” ― Ijeoma Oluo

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” — John Lewis

“Feminist thinking teaches us all, especially, how to love justice and freedom in ways that foster and affirm life.” — bell hooks

“Feminist politics aims to end domination, to free us to be who we are – to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody.” — bell hooks

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” — James Baldwin

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” — Malcolm X

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” — Malcolm X

“The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world.” — Malcolm X

“It is not possible to be in favour of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As long as people can be judged by the colour of their skin, the problem is not solved.” — Oprah Winfrey

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

“Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other — that my liberty depends on you being free too.” — Barack Obama

“We can’t save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people, especially those most often unheard.” — Leah Thomas

“Where does seeking justice end and seeking vengeance begin?” ― Paula Stokes

“Justice is about making them pay for [her] pain. Revenge is making them pay for yours.” ― Erica O’Rourke

 “Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.” ― Criss Jami

 “True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.” ― Jane Addams

“In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.” ― William Penn

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” – Che Guevara

“It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.” – Oscar Arias

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.” – Helen Keller

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and righteousness trampled in a country, do not be astounded.” ― King Solomon

 “Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.” ― Desmond Tutu

 “Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.” ― James A. Garfield

 “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” ― James Baldwin

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.” ― Samuel Johnson

“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ― Montesquieu

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Theodore Parker

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ―  Winston Churchill

 “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.” ― D. H. Lawrence

 “Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world’s peoples can agree to. To seek this and to achieve it – that is true civilization.” ― Hideki Tojo

“I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity, and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society – and well worth fighting for.” ― Helen Suzman

“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” ― Alexander Hamilton

“There is a higher court than courts of justice, and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is more important than all justice, and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.” ― Martin Luther

“We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer – our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful, and sustainable for the next generation.” ― Barack Obama

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” ― Baruch Spinoza

“To be wealthy and honoured in an unjust society is a disgrace.” ― Confucius

“For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.” ― George R.R. Martin

“Oh, come on!’ Percy complained. ‘I get a little nosebleed and I wake up the entire earth? That’s not fair!” ― Rick Riordan

“It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.” ― Voltaire

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“Rebellion is the only thing that keeps you alive.” — Marianne Faithful

 “At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being.” — Friedrich Otto Hertz

 “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” — Bertrand Russell

“I think police brutality is probably extremely severe in America, but racism is alive everywhere. Everywhere.— Rihanna

“We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.” — Herbert Spencer

 “We’ve come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can’t imagine Dr. King watching the Real Housewives or Jersey Shore.” — Samuel L. Jackson

 “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned —everywhere is war.” — Bob Marley

“We have a right to protest for what is right. That’s all we can do. There are people hurting, there are people suffering, so we have an obligation, a mandate, to do something.” — Rep. John Lewis

“It is white people’s responsibility to be less fragile; people of color don’t need to twist themselves into knots trying to navigate us as painlessly as possible.” — Robin DiAngelo

 “As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved.” — Oprah Winfrey

“We don’t want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground.” — Killer Mike

“It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person’s feeling of self worth, even an opponent’s.” — Bernard Haring

 “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” — James Baldwin

“White feelings should never be held in higher regard than black lives.” — Rachel Cargle

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis

“Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.” – Agesilaus the Second

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” ― William Penn

“Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer.” – John F. Kennedy

“Fair means everyone gets what they need. And the only way to get what you need is to make it happen yourself.” – Rick Riordan

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.” – Victor Hugo

“When you’ve…walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good–and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” – Abigail Van Buren

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

“Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.” Dominus Ulpian

“Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.” – Agesilaus the Second

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington

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